Tannery, Polluted River and Health
(© the Ecologist : Hell for Leather: the toxic trade in leather from Bangladesh to EU)
Buriganga River runs through the heart of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 240 million dollars worth of leather is exported from Bangladesh each year. Much of it is sent to Europe, which is made into bags, belts and shoes for high street shops. However, tanneries in Dhaka supply much of those leather are killing the river and poisoning people live and work nearby.